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Tech Workforce & Hiring Trends - January 2022

This is Stout's monthly curated digest of hiring and employment news. Sign up to receive it each month in your email inbox. An estimated 4.5 million workers quit or changed […]

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The Technical Interview

Ah for the good old days when you hired typists by sitting them down at a typewriter and giving them a typing test. 50 words per minute and no mistakes? […]

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So...Why Do You Want to Work Here?

What do you think about the following responses to the interview question, "So…why do you want to work here?" "I heard the benefits here are really great." "You guys are […]

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Programmatically Rendering PDFs from HTML using Chrome and Puppeteer

I've been a web developer for a long time, and one concept that always comes up is turning HTML into a PDF. It's a pretty natural request; HTML is a […]

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Direct Hire vs. Contract-To-Hire

If you think about it, in any state that has passed at-will employment laws, a company can fire an employee at any time for any reason. At will means that employees […]

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Coding Exercises for Technical Candidates

Here at Stout we screen a lot of technical candidates. Our first step is to filter the resumes. (We have little need for glass window installers despite the fact that […]

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How Not to Burn Bridges in One Easy Lesson

They say that showing up is half the battle. I’m not sure who originally said that. A Google search will attribute the quote to everyone from Woody Allen to Stephen […]

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How to Explain a Technical Subject to a Non-Technical Person: 3 Tips

When it comes to hiring or promoting a software engineer, communication skills can be used as the tie-breaker between two equally talented people. But that term—communication skills—is so broad that […]

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Cover Letters That Work

I have found that many technical people do not know how to effectively write a cover letter to accompany a resume submission. A cover letter is your opportunity to positively […]

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Edge Cases: A Persistent Dilemma

One of the first “lessons learned” for novice programmers is that the time required to program the typical usage scenarios can be fairly accurately estimated, but the time required for […]

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